History UsefulNotes / JapanesePoliticalSystem

30th Oct '15 11:50:24 AM Josef5678
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The causes are widely debated - independent women not wanting the burden of a family, Japanese men [[{{Salaryman}} being overworked and not very attractive mates]], social pressures to not have many children, some combination thereof, something else, [[note]]''TheEconomist'' posits that it could be moral conservatism: married Japanese women tend to have about as many children as European ones, but the Japanese still see marriage--which has all manner of conditions in Japanese society--as a necessary step for having children, while Europeans don't. As a result, fewer Japanese women end up marrying, and so fewer have children[[/note]] there's no obvious answer. But the result is clear: deaths outnumber births, and even with a larger overall population compared to several decades ago, there are fewer and fewer children in Japan. The current median age of the Japanese population is *45*.

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The causes are widely debated - independent women not wanting the burden of a family, Japanese men [[{{Salaryman}} being overworked and not very attractive mates]], social pressures to not have many children, some combination thereof, something else, [[note]]''TheEconomist'' [[note]]''Magazine/TheEconomist'' posits that it could be moral conservatism: married Japanese women tend to have about as many children as European ones, but the Japanese still see marriage--which has all manner of conditions in Japanese society--as a necessary step for having children, while Europeans don't. As a result, fewer Japanese women end up marrying, and so fewer have children[[/note]] there's no obvious answer. But the result is clear: deaths outnumber births, and even with a larger overall population compared to several decades ago, there are fewer and fewer children in Japan. The current median age of the Japanese population is *45*.
6th Sep '15 6:57:19 PM nombretomado
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Back in TheEighties, Japan's economy [[JapanTakesOverTheWorld was the most dynamic in the world]]. Companies were making money, high-quality Japanese products flooded the world (and humiliated [[UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}} the Big Three]]), Japanese investors were buying up gigantic swaths of real estate in Japan and pretty much everywhere else. It was a great time for Japan; their influence was booming; every high-flying business student took Japanese (the stereotype of Japanese as the language of choice for [[OccidentalOtaku adolescent Japanophiles]] didn't come until ''much'' later); the JapaneseTourist became a StockCharacter; and dystopias (''Film/BladeRunner'' and ''{{Neuromancer}}'' are classic examples) typically presented a thoroughly Japonized future. There was serious talk about breaking away from the US and the West and Japan leading the world anew. The entire world was open for Japan. And then...

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Back in TheEighties, Japan's economy [[JapanTakesOverTheWorld was the most dynamic in the world]]. Companies were making money, high-quality Japanese products flooded the world (and humiliated [[UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}} the Big Three]]), Japanese investors were buying up gigantic swaths of real estate in Japan and pretty much everywhere else. It was a great time for Japan; their influence was booming; every high-flying business student took Japanese (the stereotype of Japanese as the language of choice for [[OccidentalOtaku adolescent Japanophiles]] didn't come until ''much'' later); the JapaneseTourist became a StockCharacter; and dystopias (''Film/BladeRunner'' and ''{{Neuromancer}}'' ''Literature/{{Neuromancer}}'' are classic examples) typically presented a thoroughly Japonized future. There was serious talk about breaking away from the US and the West and Japan leading the world anew. The entire world was open for Japan. And then...
15th Jul '15 1:38:24 PM Sedirex
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The current prime minister is Shinzo Abe of the LDP.

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The current prime minister is Shinzo Abe Abe[[note]]pronounced "Ah-Beh," not like the Western name that's short for Abraham[[/note]] of the LDP.
30th Jun '15 9:19:56 AM nombretomado
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!!!''[[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined If we are going to survive as a nation, we need to start making babies!]]''

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!!!''[[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined !!!''[[Series/BattlestarGalactica2003 If we are going to survive as a nation, we need to start making babies!]]''
12th May '15 9:48:04 AM ShinyTsukkomi
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Relevant to TVTropes, this answers a question or two a reader may have had - "Hey, why do so many entertainment companies in Japan these days focus so much on "kiddie" entertainment that works for adults, too? Or why is so much anime made for {{otaku}} in the style of the cartoons they used to like, when a fair amount of anime ''was'' made for kids back then?" Well, the answer is simple: ''there are practically more otaku than kids nowadays''. Anime has taken [[{{Moe}} different]] [[{{Lolicon}} bents]] in the past decade or so because the kids who grew up have a lot more buying power, and because ''the number of new kids to sell products to has been going down constantly''. Many companies are abandoning children's programming altogether or "diversifying" their products (see: Nintendo's "for everyone" approach with the [[UsefulNotes/NintendoDS DS]] and [[UsefulNotes/NintendoWii Wii]]) simply because the money isn't there in the kid market anymore, and it doesn't look like it will be there any time soon. This isn't to say that ''everyone'' has abandoned the market - ShonenJump and whatnot still exist, after all - but the kids market is getting ever-smaller and the entertainment products of Japan have been changing to reflect that. (And even SJ, for example, has seen a readership decline over the past two decades simply due to, well, a lack of available shonen.)

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Relevant to TVTropes, this answers a question or two a reader may have had - "Hey, why do so many entertainment companies in Japan these days focus so much on "kiddie" entertainment that works for adults, too? Or why is so much anime made for {{otaku}} in the style of the cartoons they used to like, when a fair amount of anime ''was'' made for kids back then?" Well, the answer is simple: ''there are practically more otaku than kids nowadays''. Anime has taken [[{{Moe}} different]] [[{{Lolicon}} bents]] in the past decade or so because the kids who grew up have a lot more buying power, and because ''the number of new kids to sell products to has been going down constantly''. Many companies are abandoning children's programming altogether or "diversifying" their products (see: Nintendo's "for everyone" approach with the [[UsefulNotes/NintendoDS DS]] and [[UsefulNotes/NintendoWii Wii]]) simply because the money isn't there in the kid market anymore, and it doesn't look like it will be there any time soon. This isn't to say that ''everyone'' has abandoned the market - ShonenJump ''Magazine/ShonenJump'' and whatnot still exist, after all - but the kids market is getting ever-smaller and the entertainment products of Japan have been changing to reflect that. (And even SJ, for example, has seen a readership decline over the past two decades simply due to, well, a lack of available shonen.)
13th Apr '15 12:00:45 PM gemmabeta2
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Funnily enough, the majority of Japanese emperors in history ended their rule not with their death, but by resigning. However this was not for any scandalous reason. Pre-Meiji Japanese emperors were required to perform such tedious and repetitive rituals, and so many of them, that even the Japanese thought a human being shouldn't be forced to do them for long. Therefore most emperors reigned only 10 or so years before retiring in comfort, leaving the throne for their brother or son.

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Funnily enough, the majority of Japanese emperors in history ended their rule not with their death, but by resigning. However this was not for any scandalous reason. Pre-Meiji Japanese emperors were required to perform such tedious and repetitive rituals, and so many of them, that even the Japanese thought a human being shouldn't be forced to do them for long. Therefore most emperors reigned only 10 or so years before retiring in comfort, leaving the throne for their brother or son. This short duration of office meant that most of these emperors would be crowned while still very young, a few as young as 6-years-old. It was said that only a youth can withstand the endless tedium of the rituals (not to mention the fact that these boy-emperors would also be very pliable to the Shoguns). Most emperors would have abdicated and retired to a life of pleasure (or ruling from behind the scenes) by the time they hit adulthood.
31st Dec '14 5:30:56 PM Hadjorim
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Funnily enough, the majority of Japanese emperors in history ended their rule not with their death, but by resigning. However this was not for any scandalous reason. Pre-Meiji Japanese emperors were required to perform such repetitive and tedious rituals, and so many of them, that even the Japanese thought a human being shouldn't be forced to do them for long. Therefore most emperors reigned only 10 or so years before retiring in comfort, leaving the throne for their brother or son.

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Funnily enough, the majority of Japanese emperors in history ended their rule not with their death, but by resigning. However this was not for any scandalous reason. Pre-Meiji Japanese emperors were required to perform such tedious and repetitive and tedious rituals, and so many of them, that even the Japanese thought a human being shouldn't be forced to do them for long. Therefore most emperors reigned only 10 or so years before retiring in comfort, leaving the throne for their brother or son.
31st Dec '14 5:25:54 PM Hadjorim
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Funnily enough, the overwhelming majority of Japanese emperors in history ended their rule by resigning. However this was not for any scandalous reason. Pre-Meiji Japanese emperors were required to perform such repetitive and tedious rituals, and so many of them, that even the Japanese thought a human being shouldn't be forced to do them for long. Therefore most emperors reigned only 10 or so years before retiring in comfort, leaving the throne for their brother or son.

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Funnily enough, the overwhelming majority of Japanese emperors in history ended their rule not with their death, but by resigning. However this was not for any scandalous reason. Pre-Meiji Japanese emperors were required to perform such repetitive and tedious rituals, and so many of them, that even the Japanese thought a human being shouldn't be forced to do them for long. Therefore most emperors reigned only 10 or so years before retiring in comfort, leaving the throne for their brother or son.
31st Dec '14 5:24:08 PM Hadjorim
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Funnily enough, the overwhelming majority of Japanese emperors in history ended their rule by resigning. However this was not for any scandalous reason. Pre-Meiji Japanese emperors were required to perform such repetitive and tedious rituals, and so many of them, that even the Japanese thought a human being shouldn't be forced to do them for long. Therefore most emperors reigned only 10 or so years before retiring in comfort, leaving the throne for their brother or son.
28th Oct '14 4:46:37 PM LongLiveHumour
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!!!''[[BillClinton Bakayaro! Keizai ga mondai de.]]''

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!!!''[[BillClinton !!!''[[UsefulNotes/BillClinton Bakayaro! Keizai ga mondai de.]]''
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